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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Oct 14, 2007 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-8-77

The Dancin' is grate, but I think 10-10-76 is way more varied and interesting.

The last few minutes of Morning Dew are pretty stirring, but I've always been astonished how many people are willing to call this Dew the best ever or nearly so. The whole first half is really sketchy--betraying the fact that they weren't playing the song much at that time. 12-31-76, just to grab an example from around the same time, is so much better that it isn't funny.

And while the Scarlet > Fire certainly appeals to many people, it does nothing much for me. It's exceptionally tight but also unsurprising. Listening to it, I keep waiting for Jerry to do something astonishing and he never does. 4-23-77, 5-21-77, and 5-25-77 are all way better IMO, just to take three from around the same time. None of them is quite as tight as Cornell, but they are all more intriguing.

All of that said, the Not Fade Away from 5-8-77 is the best I've ever heard.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Oct 14, 2007 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-8-77

yeah, but HARPUR is the best concert ever played, come on now. just wish it SOUNDED as good as cornell.